Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Chris Van Hollen
U.S. Representative D-MD
CNNW 08/18/2013
Van Holien: NSA having exactly what the phone companies have. And what's the test? What's the standard for the NSA being able to search or query that data? Right now you have to have a reasonable suspicion that that phone number was involved in terrorist activity. My concern is NSA can reach that judgment unilaterally. You do not have to get advance notice from the FISA court. I propose before they do any kind of
Chris Van Hollen
U.S. Representative D-MD
CNNW 08/18/2013
Van Holien continued: query, any kind of search, they have to go to the FISA court. And at that step in the process, we also have what's considered a citizen's advocate to take the adversarial position before the FISA court so you have that give and take. Those are important reforms I think most people are concerned that NSA is willy-nilly getting content or doing searches. I do believe that we make sure that that can never happen. Crowley Even if they're not getting content or searches, they're getting a heck of a lot of information as everyone who knows what that phone data is, should someone choose to (misuse it.)
Chris Van Hollen
U.S. Representative D-MD
CNNW 08/18/2013
Van Holien: that's right. And sometimes the NSA folks come after the fact to the court and say hey, court, here's what we say happened. Here's what we believe happened. Just approve it retroactively. So here's what I'm saying. You need to get advanced approval for even a query. Certainly you need to get probable cause for any kind of content information. But even querying a phone number, what number did it call, you should have to go to the court first.
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